I thought I was already immune to all these Real Estate seminars, but when I received invitations from Donald Trump, my heart melted, and me and my wife signed up for this FREE seminar. We've followed the apprentice for 2 seasons, so we were curious who he would fire this time. Actually, he fired all of us. He wasn't there, but you underestimate Mr. Trump if you think that this is a deterrent. He was omnipresent, shining on the screen, sharing trivia with his usual envious confidence.
The presenter did exceedingly well intriguing you and giving you nothing. Sort of like showing a carrot, but not just a carrot, but a carrot is from Mr. Trump, and you know that if he gives you this carrot, this carrot is a road to your financial independence. A lot of people liked carrot, it is good for your health, but was heavy on the wallet, so they walked out with a lighter wallet and a carrot in sight. Hypnotized and paralyzed, we did the same.
Next step was another seminar, where the instructors were in 3 days to teach us everything we needed to know to really "think like Donald". Everyone is hyped and ready to rumble... us included.
Two weeks later we are in Orlando. 70 or so students, the instructor is a skilled and energetic lady. The schedule is quite impressive, we should learn a lot. There are quite a few Realtors in the room, but, obviously, not enough to warrant any respect, even though the presenter is a Broker. It is sort of in the area that there are some decent Realtors out there, but the public is not promised a chance of running into one of those.
We actually like the first day.
The second day should be ten times tougher. First 30 minutes we learn which TV shows are our presenter's favourite, next 30 minutes we learn some culinary stuff, then shopping ... The guy next to me, a broker from Orlando, wants to kill the presenter. Strange, he looks like a gentleman. He does not care about the Presenter's tastes. I do not care either. So, I am considering becoming an accomplice.
Then we find out that the next part would be a presentation of the software, without which you just can't do a giggly squat with foreclosures. This software is a separate item and you need to pay for that, then another guy would present Mentoring, where they come to you and walk you through the whole process... for a hefty part of your profit (do not know the details). Ouch, so we paid $1,500 to get to a sales presentation? Wow, that's thinking like Donald? That's darn smart, to bring us here for $1,500, and then triple it with software, and the mentoring. He's smart. If he would tell me that he wanted to get my $4,500 or so, he knew I would run like a rabbit. After making billions of dollars on all the great things there, now he knows how to get my $4,500. That's a damn screwed, sorry, shrewed marketing...
15 minutes later we returned the materials, and get them to sign our voucher, so that we get out money back.
Now we love Donald even more. He got us out of our daily routine. Because of him we had a romantic dinner. And we really brainstormed a few good ideas. And we got our money back.
But for that I love Kevin. He showed me how to get your money back even from Donald Trump. Who does not give anything back. Because he is Donald Trump. But Kevin is a smart Orlando broker. Why people do not believe Realtors can save them money? He saved me money. He beat Donald.